Foreign News: Rebirth

Five minutes before the opening gavel at the Foreign Ministers' conference in Paris, Konrad Adenauer, president of Germany's constitutional assembly, rose up in Bonn's Pedagogical Institute and intoned: "Today the new Germany arises." One by one the delegates of eleven Western German states stepped up and signed Western Germany's new democratic constitution (TIME, May 16). Even the Bavarians, who had hoped for more autonomy, less federal control, relented and grudgingly joined the Western German fold.

Communist Boss Max Reimann shouted "No!" Nevertheless, Germany—Europe's greatest force for good or evil—had been reborn.


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